Walking the Red Road: 365 days of it, a review
For those of you following me on Facebook, you might have noticed that I often mention a little book I have: 365 days of walking the Red Road: the Native American path to leading a spiritual life every day. I just absolutely love that book! What is this book you ask? Well at a glance…
Product: 365 days of Walking the Red Road
Where to buy it: Amazon.ca
Price: 10.82$ CAN
Rating: 5 stars
What is 365 days of walking the Red Road about?
Well the title sort of gives you a cue. The book contains a quote and/or anecdote for every day of the year. Moreover, the book also includes additional information in relation to each season and provides a “Red Road Ethic Principle” at the beginning of each month. Each day you will be able to read a quote from a great Native from the past, our ancestors, as well as read a little blurb from sections such as “On this day in history” or “A Native to know”. Therefore this little book (it’s pocket size) contains a wealth of information. And really the price is more than affordable for a book you will literally use all year long. How often can you say that? 🙂 It is an easy read that definitively gives you something to think about. I personally read it in the morning, as a way to begin my day.
What are those Red Road Ethic Principles? Who are those chiefs being quoted and what do they have to say?
The Red Road principles are principles sometimes referred as the Lakota virtues or the Native commandments. They are principles or ways of life to live by, in order to be respectful, to live a humble life in harmony and dignity. To live a spiritual life respecting all of our relations. Let me give you an example of one. Here is principle #4, Community Code of Conduct:
Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect. Honor the thoughts, wishes and words of others. Never interrupt another or mock or mimic them. Allow each person the right to freedom of opinion. Respect that opinion. Never speak ill of others. As you travel along life’s road never harm anyone, nor cause anyone to feel sad. On the contrary, if at any time you can make a person happy, do so.
Isn’t that an incredible principle to aspire to? It is not an easy one for sure but none of them are easy…To be a good person, a respectful person, even when you do not agree with the other, requires work. But we all deserve respect. We all deserve to be heard.
And who are the chiefs in the book? Well they are a great inspiration. They are the likes of Nez Perce Chief Joseph, or Sioux Chief Sitting Bull, or Comanche Chief Quanah Parker or Suquamish Chief Seattle. They are our ancestors, who fought to keep the land they were born on, to practice their traditional ways of life, their spirituality, to keep their family intact. They are the reasons we are here. To hear their thoughts, their words today touches me deeply.
For example, the quote for April 3 is the following: That hand is not the color of your hand but if I pierce it I shall feel pain. The blood that will flow from mine will be the same color as yours. The Great Spirit made us both. Chief Standing Bear, Sioux, 1868-1937.
Ahhhh we are all related, the medicine wheel includes all races of humankind, each with its own wisdom. Such a beautiful concept.
Now here is the quote for February 16: The ground on which we stand is sacred ground. It is the blood of our ancestors. Chief Plenty Coups, Crow-1848-1932
And let me end this with a picture showing one of Chief Seattle’s most well known quotes. But before I do so, here is another one of his, my personal favorite: April 7, There is no death, only a change of worlds. So reassuring when one sees the end of the life we know in that manner. A move from the physical world to the spiritual world.
All my Relations